Category Archives: DART

DART Silver Line Construction Continues with Josey Lane Bridge in Carrollton

Work continues on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Silver Line Regional Rail project with the start of construction on the Josey Lane bridge in Carrollton.

For the initial bridge construction, large diameter holes are drilled into the ground and filled with steel rebar and concrete for each bridge pier. With depths ranging from 42’ to 49’, each hole is drilled into the bedrock for strength and stability. With a diameter of 54”, each pier footer is filled with up to 30 cubic yards of concrete, which is over 6,000 gallons.

The Silver Line Regional Rail Project’s primary purpose is to provide passenger rail connections and service that will improve mobility, accessibility and system linkages to major employment, population and activity centers in the northern part of the DART Service Area.

With revenue service scheduled for 2023, the 26-mile Silver Line Regional Rail Project traverses seven cities between DFW Airport, Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson and Plano, and includes 10 new stations.

When completed, the $1.2 billion Silver Line will connect with the Trinity Metro TEXRail commuter rail line at DFW North station providing access to Downtown Fort Worth and various other Tarrant County locales. The line will also connect with the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) A-train commuter rail line providing access to various Denton County locations, DART’s Green Line providing access to Dallas Love Field and Downtown Dallas via Downtown Carrollton Station, and DART’s Red and Orange Lines at CityLine/Bush Station, giving riders easy access to Downtown Plano and the eastern side of the DART network.

Dallas-Area Public Transportation Alters Schedules

Both the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) have altered their regular schedules due to the record amount of snow and cold weather that the area has been experiencing. According to local meteorologists, this severe weather will probably continue for the larger part of the week.

This is the coldest few days that the Dallas area has experienced in many a decade.

For the safety of their passengers and employees during this time DART has suspended all rail operations, beginning at 9:00pm on Sunday, February 14 and will last through 11:59pm on Wednesday, February 17. DART bus routes will continue to operate on a Saturday schedule.

DART is implementing Operating Scenario 2 of their Severe Winter Weather Operating Plans. DART bus routes will operate on normal Saturday schedules, with limited service added on local routes 63 and 362. The Dallas Streetcar will not operate at this time, but there will be a shuttle bus running to and from EBJ Union Station and the Bishop Arts District, making all stops.

DART will also run an additional 14 shuttle bus routes. The Operating Scenario 2 shuttle bus routes are available on the DART website at https://www.dart.org/winterweather.

The following DART transit centers will be open beginning Monday, February 15 from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., to assist riders:

  • Addison Transit Center (Addison)
  • Bernal/Singleton Transfer Location (Dallas)
  • Central Business District (CBD) West Transfer Center (Dallas)
  • Cockrell Hill Transfer Location (Cockrell Hill)
  • Downtown Garland Station (Garland)
  • Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station (Irving)
  • Hampton Station (Dallas)
  • Illinois Station (Dallas)
  • J.B. Jackson, Jr. Transit Center (Dallas)
  • Ledbetter Station (Dallas)
  • Parker Road Station (Plano)
  • Red Bird Transit Center (Dallas)
  • South Garland Transit Center (Garland)

DART Paratransit will be operating Holiday service on Monday, February 15 through Wednesday, February 17. This means all subscription trips will be canceled, with the exception of dialysis service. Customers who need to book trips for Monday – Wednesday can contact reservations at (214) 515-7272 or through the web portal at www.dart.org/ridepara.

GoLink service will be available in the Inland Port zone from 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Service will be unavailable in the remaining GoLink zones.

As far as the TRE, service will be suspended beginning at 10:00pm on Monday, February 15, through the start of service on Thursday, February 18.

For TRE passengers connecting to Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) services, rail operations are suspended until the beginning of service on Thursday, February 18. DART shuttle buses are available for passengers.

DART and TRE will continue to monitor the weather conditions across the North Texas area for the safety of passengers and employees. As the weather changes, stay informed about additional service changes by registering for TRE Alerts at www.trinityrailwayexpress.org, or DART Alerts at www.dart.org.

Be safe out there!

DART Service Modified Due to Winter Weather

With severe winter weather including heavy snow accumulation expected by the National Weather Service, DART is implementing Operating Scenario 1 of our Severe Winter Weather Operating Plans beginning on Sunday, February 14, at 11:00 p.m. through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 15.

In Operating Scenario 1, DART Rail operates within the approximate boundaries of the LBJ loop using a combination of rail and shuttle buses when limited rail service is permitted. The Dallas Streetcar will not operate during this time.

Starting at 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 14, trains operate between these stations:

  • Red Line: LBJ/Central – 8th & Corinth
  • Blue Line: LBJ/Skillman – 8th & Corinth
  • Green Line: Farmers Branch – Lawnview
  • Orange Line: Irving Convention Center – LBJ/Central

Customers using stations outside of these limits will ride shuttle buses to stations that are in service. Passengers should look for the red “Rail Disruption” bus stop signs located near each station to board a shuttle bus.

On Monday, DART bus routes will operate on normal Saturday schedules with limited service added on express routes 206, 208, 278, 283, and local routes 63 and 362.

DART Paratransit will be operating Holiday service on Monday, February 15. This means all subscription trips will be canceled, with the exception of dialysis service. Customers who need to book trips for Monday can contact reservations at (214) 515-7272 or through the web portal at www.dart.org/ridepara.

DART will continue to monitor the weather conditions across the North Texas area for the safety of our passengers and employees. As the weather changes, stay informed about any additional service changes by registering for DART Alerts at www.dart.org.

More information about DART’s Severe Winter Weather Operating Plans is available at https://www.dart.org/winterweather.

DART to Provide Transportation for Methodist Vaccine Event

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will provide transportation for the Methodist Hospital COVID-19 vaccination event in Dallas on Thursday and Friday, February 4 and 5, 2021.

Over the course of the 2-day COVID-19 vaccination event at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, a joint effort between the City of Dallas and Methodist Health System, 3,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed to individuals in Group 1B (individuals 65 years and older and individuals with comorbidities) between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

DART will provide 7 staffed buses for the vaccination event, transporting individuals with verified appointments from remote parking lots to the vaccine location and back to their vehicles.

Appointments are mandatory to receive a vaccine and names are being pulled from the Dallas County registration list. Click here to register for the vaccine online. People can also call the county’s new registration hotline that launched Thursday at 1-855-466-8639

Read more from WFAA…

If you don’t live in Dallas County, click HERE to find out where vaccination sites are operating, or to register for the vaccine at a site near you.

DART’s Annual Holiday Stuff a Bus Event Returns December 4

With the holiday season just around the corner, here’s your chance to make a difference in the life of someone less fortunate. Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is reaching out to the North Texas community to support the annual “Stuff a Bus” event taking place on Friday, December 4, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. at SMU/Mockingbird Station. The initiative will deliver socks and blankets to area nursing facilities – as well as new and unwrapped toys and canned food for children and families in need throughout the North Texas area.

The DART “Stuff a Bus” annual campaign is a program run by the DART Operations team. This year’s donations benefit the Senior Source and Jonathan’s Place.

This year’s event will take place on December 4 at SMU/Mockingbird Station (5465 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas) near the intersection of North Central Expressway and Mockingbird Lane. SMU/Mockingbird Station is served by DART’s Red, Blue and Orange lines. Bus routes 24, 76, 81/82, 84, 521, SMU Express (Route 768), GoLink for Lakewood and Park Cities, and the Bush Center/Meadows Museum Express (Route 743) also serve the SMU/Mockingbird Station. To ensure the health and safety of the community, a curbside donation location is also available.

For more information, visit DART.org.

DART Amends Uber Contract to Support GoLink Services in Garland, Irving, and the Expanded Inland Port

Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) Board has approved an amended three-year contract with Uber Technologies, Inc. (Uber), for shared ride services that will supplement their popular GoLink service.

The amended contract became necessary when two new GoLink service zones were implemented October 19 for Southeast Garland and South Irving.

Another zone scheduled to begin Mon., Nov. 2, is the Inland Port Transportation Management Association (IPTMA) GoLink.

That zone is a partnership with IPTMA and DART formed between the cities of Dallas, Desoto, Hutchins, Lancaster, and Wilmer. UberPool will provide service for IPTMA as back up to Star Transit from 5 a.m. till 8 p.m. UberX will provide service for IPTMA from 8 p.m. till 5 a.m.

DART has been implementing GoLink zones as a cost-effective alternative in areas where traditional fixed route bus service does not appear to be the best option.

The on-demand service is already available in Farmers Branch, Far North Plano, Glenn Heights, Inland Port, Kleberg and Rylie, Lake Highlands, Lakewood, Legacy West, North Central Plano/Chase Oaks, North Dallas, Park Cities, Rowlett and Western Carrollton.

DART Announces Gary Thomas’ Retirement as President/Executive Director

Gary C. Thomas, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) president/executive director, has informed the DART Board of Directors of his intention to retire from his position after almost 20 years of leadership. The board will initiate a search process to identify a successor for Mr. Thomas.

“It has been my privilege and honor to be part of Dallas Area Rapid Transit for this moment in time. I have seen many “firsts” throughout the years and have been able to work with many dedicated board members and team members as DART has evolved into an indispensable resource for our residents throughout North Texas and beyond,” said Thomas. “I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to our current management team and our almost 3,700 employees, as well as all of the DART team over the last 20 years that without whom our shared success would not have been possible. I’m extremely proud of what we have built with help from our communities and elected officials with whom we share a vision for our future. I have complete confidence that DART will continue to improve the quality of life in North Texas.”

Thomas joined DART in 1998 as the senior vice president of project management with almost 20 years of experience as an engineer and architect, consulting for national and international projects including DART projects going back to 1986. He was appointed as president/executive director in 2001 when DART’s rail system was only 20-miles long and led the agency to provide North Texas residents with the longest light rail network in the country at 93-miles.

Under his leadership, Thomas forged the agency into an award-winning transit model, providing residents across DART’s 700-mile service area with a world-class public transit network. Through Thomas’ leadership, DART has frequently defined what a modern 21st century transit system can be.

Thomas directed DART’s commitment to sustainability and conservation with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, providing clean, alternative transportation options that help decrease the number of cars on the road. This included a focus on renewable energy and the transition of the entire DART bus fleet to the more environmentally sensitive natural gas fuel rather than diesel. DART was also an early proponent and adopter of electric buses, adding 7 buses to the fleet in 2018.

As a champion of the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) service model at DART, which provides travelers with the ability to plan, book and pay for the mobility solution that works best for their needs, through the award-winning GoPass App, he led the effort to make DART’s multimodal transit system flexible, reliable, affordable and more available to everyone by developing new technologies and services including fare equity, cash to mobile options and GoLink.

With a focus on ensuring that DART continue to serve as both a mobility and economic engine for the long-term benefit of the entire region, Thomas developed polices that engaged development projects near DART light rail stations, generating billions of dollars in revenue, taxes and jobs for the local economy while enhancing mobility opportunities that improved the quality of life of North Texas residents.

“While there will always be more work to do, I know that we have the right team in place to turn our vision into reality, improving the lives of our riders by providing safe, timely transit solutions,” explained Thomas. “Our ongoing platform extension project on DART’s Red and Blue rail lines will allow us to move up to 33 percent more passengers throughout our busiest operating times. The D2 Subway project, our second light rail alignment through downtown Dallas, has moved into 30% Preliminary Engineering. We’ve expanded our GoLink on-demand service, which includes our partnership with UberPool. The Silver Line Regional Rail Project, DART’s first east-to-west commuter rail service, will provide residents with improved mobility, accessibility and system linkages to major employment, population and activity centers in the northern part of the DART Service Area. And of course, the DARTzoom Bus Network Redesign project will define the future of bus service for the entire service area, providing enormous positive transit opportunities by aligning service to meet the needs of our riders now and in the future.”

“On behalf of the DART Board of Directors, I want to thank Gary for his service to the agency, the member cities of DART, and the residents of North Texas,” said Paul N. Wageman, chair of the DART Board of Directors. “Through his leadership and dedication, he has earned the respect of city leaders, the DART board, its employees and his peers in the industry for his passion and innovation. Gary is leaving DART in a strong position, as the quality of the management and operations teams has never been better. We are grateful to Gary for his leadership of DART and his friendship. We wish him the best as he embarks on this chapter of his life.”

DART Bringing Service Levels Back in October

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is restoring ninety percent of pre-pandemic service levels beginning October 19.

The proposed modifications were approved by the DART Board of Directors after determining that the service is within the propose FY 2021 budget and Twenty-Year Financial Plan allocations.

The Board action comes after DART implemented temporary service adjustments for the bus and light rail system on April 6 that better reflected current ridership demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Service restoration includes 65 bus routes being restored to pre-pandemic service levels. A total of 7 core frequent bus routes, as well as all light rail train operation service, will move to 20-minute frequency until 7 p.m. on weekdays.

More information on the anticipated service change will be made available on dart.org as plans are formalized.

DART and Dallas County Adding Free Shuttle for Early Voters

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is adding a free shuttle service for voters traveling to the Dallas County Election Department, 1520 Round Table Drive, beginning Monday, October 19 through Election Day, November 3.

The new service is provided through a joint effort by DART and the Dallas County Election Department to assist the record turnout of early voters and those currently dropping off ballots.

Weekdays, voters can ride the Green or Orange line to either Southwestern Medical District/Parkland Station or Burbank Station, then transfer to bus route 525. Voters can then travel to the Regal Row at Stemmons Freeway (I-35) DART bus stop (near the Wyndham Hotel) to transfer to a special taxi style van to complete their trip to the Round Table Drive election facility. Service is provided every 30 minutes.

On weekends, DART will operate a special van service from Burbank Station every 20 minutes to and from the Round Table Drive election facility.

Customers can use Google Transit, the online DART Trip Planner at DART.org, the DART voting site at DART.org/vote or call 214-979-1111 for more information.

DART brings GoLink on-demand service to Irving and Garland starting Oct. 19

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) brings GoLink, the personalized, curb-to-curb service that serves riders on demand in zones across North Texas, beginning Mon., Oct. 19, to Southeast Garland and South Irving.

The on-demand service is already available in Farmers Branch, Far North Plano, Glenn Heights, Inland Port, Kleberg and Rylie, Lake Highlands, Lakewood, Legacy West, North Central Plano/Chase Oaks, North Dallas, Park Cities, Rowlett and Western Carrollton.

In the South Irving zone, the service operates out of Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station so that GoLink riders can connect to other DART services. Meanwhile, in the Southeast Garland zone, the service operates out of Lake Ray Hubbard Transit Center. GoLink service will be offered Monday through Friday, except on Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

All GoLink trips require a booking. No walk-ons are allowed. Riders can book and pay for trips either with the GoPassÒ app or by calling 214-515-7272. The free app is available from the App Store and Google Play.

Phone reservations must be made in advance, but only same-day trips are accepted. Phone reservations can be made Monday-Friday, starting at 4:30 a.m.

Riders should purchase their fare using a contactless payment method –credit, debit or GoPassÒ Tap card – either in the GoPass app or over the phone. Cash fares, paper passes and vouchers are not accepted.

To learn more about GoLink, visit DART.org/GoLink or call 214-515-7272.